Tying Room Sanctuary

A couple of years ago I had a year to build an addition on our house to help blend our newly formed family now with three teenagers after having lived in Brunswick in a very small house.  I had owned a fly shop there in part to have a place to put my fly tying stuff and continue my connection with the fly tying community.  In my welcomed new life, Eric made room on the third floor for a new fly tying bench for me before we got married in 2015.  Then, I built the addition to the house giving us a new living room that fit the family, united us through shared decisions, work, and earned skills.  The oldest child was to get the large room above the living room until he was ready to move out then , mwahhaaaa, we were to take it over as a fly tying room.  The oldest looks like he is staying in the nest longer than we thought, so we moved him to the attic on the third floor last week and we moved in to the coveted fly tying room often referred to as our “couples cave.”

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Some may remember the photos I posted of the sad messy teens room as my “before” photos.  Not that the tying room isn’t filled with more stuff than he had, and well I have to admit, will more likely than not be just about as messy.  I mean, it’s filled with dead birds and animals.  Actually, I hope to write an article to share soon about how we manage so many materials and keep pesky bugs away.

Not included in the pictures of our new space yet are the comfy chair from which I sit and write this post.  This is a bonus gift we weren’t expecting since it wouldn’t fit up the narrow stairs to the third floor, but now Jackson the pooch can sit at my feet as I sip coffee and type away.  Also not shown is a really cool surprise I will share later that for now I will call a “Cabinet of Wonders.”

Enjoy the photos of a great space that I get to enjoy and can share with you.  May you take ideas from our space and include them in your own space.   I’ll add more as we finish the room.  Feel free to email if you have questions.


Hot, soooo Hot, its pyrographic


There are some days when the everyone hits the like button and are generous with praise on Facebook. The day I posted the rod grip with the nymph on it was one of them.  Then I had an idea about not just burning bugs and flies onto new rod grips, but why not onto peoples favorite rods too.

Its easy enough to do- send me your rod butt and a photo of what you want me to burn on it along with the agreed upon price plus postage for me to return the rod to you.   It’s like ink for your rod butt!

I can invoice paypal or accept checks

I’ve been working on some more rod grips in the last week or so and have a show this weekend in  Bethel where I hope to get some feedback on them and a few orders.

I’m finding that they are taking me longer to do as I’m adding more detail to the images and using the whole cork so the cost is ranging from $50 for a single image to $75 for  full grip  coverage cost to the customer.


Fly rod grip with nymph for a new fiberglas custom rod
Brookie Skin
Mayfly laying eggs
Gray Ghost
Show display

A Shared Endeavor with “Wiley Trout”

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A wood Carver and trout enthusiast, Jim Wiley, is a kind hearted southern gentlemen that I came across on face book and began following as he would release pictures of his beautiful artful carvings.  Trout emerge from pieces of driftwood that he finds near his home in Tennessee or from chosen pieces of wood that he selects depending on the characteristics that he seeks for the piece.



I thought it would be neat to use his carvings to display my flies and vice versa.  In that way we could support each others endeavours and in different geographical regions. How it really happened is that he posted a photo of a carving that really “spoke to me.”  I was inspired by a particular trout that reminded me of a “ghostly” image in that the whole trout body is not see20729015_1890492327890964_6322694750053676752_o.jpgn yet hidden in an artful way behind the wood in the midsection of the trout.  I immediately thought of the Gray Ghost fly of Carrie Stevens’ and how the two would compliment each other in spirit if not in art form.

I sent a message to Jim and introduced myself and after some dialogue back and forth Jim decided to send me two carvings, one being the “one that spoke to me.” and the other another trout for me to use to display at shows and promote our artful endeavors.  I will send him flies and he will do something similar for shows in his area by displaying flies with his carvings should he be inspired.

When I receive the box of carvings in a couple of days I will post pictures.  I’m so excited I can’t wait!

His work is beautiful and reasonably priced.  Jim Wiley’s face book page is at https://www.facebook.com/wileytrout/

or his website can be seen at http://wileytrout.com/



Flies tied by Selene Dumaine

Please enjoy viewing this gallery of flies that I have tied.  Some are original patterns that I have created and some are Carrie Stevens patterns that I have recreated.  I tied many of the streamers in my hands without a vise, but for some of the other more practical patterns I use a vise for as they are fishing flies such as the Sure Bet and the Hexamongous.

Click on the contacts link if you would like to place an order for any of these flies.

Gray Ghost– originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine



top; Embden Fancy, Middle; Don’s Special, Bottom; Firefly-Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine


Black Cat – Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine
Allie’s Delight– Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine
Chief– Carrie Stevens pattern tied by Selene Dumaine



Don’s Legacy– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Burnt Blonde Bamboo– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine ~Commissioned by Kelly Baker
Mosquito Ghost- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~ published on Streamers 365
originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine
originated by Carrie Stevens, tied by Selene Dumaine
Sure Bet- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Jordan’s Legacy-originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~commissioned by Dan Hilliard 2017
I-Selene-opod– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine
Hexamongous- originated and tied by Selene Dumaine- Photo by John Ewing/staff photographer… Thursday, March 10, 2011…Selene Dumaine has built a reputation as one of Maine’s great fly tiers. Dumaine’s original pattern, the Hexamongus, is intended to imitate the emerging phase of a Hexagenia mayfly seen preserved in the glass vial.
Middle streamer is an Orono Ghost– originated and tied by Selene Dumaine~commissioned by Bill and Gari Bayreuther

Women’s Fly Fishing School – July 5-9 @ Weatherby’s of Grand Lake Stream

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Fly Fishing School for Women

I’m Teaching!

Weatherby’s Lodge offers both 2 and 3-day women’s only fly fishing school taught by women instructors. The lodge is within walking distance of Grand Lake Stream, renowned for its landlocked salmon fishing, spectacular wading and scenic beauty. Whether you are a beginner or experienced fly angler, the school will help you to fish confidently on your own or with one of your new fly fishing “buddies.” Highlights of the course will include: instruction in casting; reading the water; knot tying; equipment selection; fly tying; wading and safety. You will have plenty of on-stream time with your instructor as well as time to fish on your own. The small class size gives us the flexibility to address the individual needs and interests of the participants.

Our schools vary in length from either three or four nights and the cost of the school includes lodging, all meals, all instruction, and equipment use including waders and rods. We will provide a 20% discount on ORVIS equipment purchased during your stay.  Tax not included.

Women’s School: July 5-9, 2018

$1495 per person *Price does not include tax but does include gratuity on food and lodging       877-796-5558|info@weatherbys.com

Selene on “The Liar’s Club”

the-liars-club-blockCatch the podcast here when it’s convenient for you.

Listen to a description of why I got into tying flies, and the ins and outs of the the business.  You might hear Scott Stone actually shiver.



Diane Michelin is a Canadian artist that specializes in Angling art.  We collaborated years ago on a project that involved my boat, “Ketcham”  that she painted as seen above.  I created three unique flies and mount them with the print.  Flies to be posted soon.  The unframed print and three flies costs $150.  Contact Selene to purchase.  (Flies to be posted soon.)


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